Book Review: Blood of The Chosen by Django Wexler

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Django Wexler invites us back into the story of siblings Gyre and Maya with another epic fantasy adventure story in Blood of The Chosen. I have to say I found this read just as engaging and fun to read as it’s predecessor Ashes of The Sun. If you’re looking for a solid fantasy series to dip into, you won’t go wrong with the Burningblade & Silvereye.

Cover image of BLOOD OF THE CHOSEN by Django Wexler

“Gyre finally sees a way to overthrow the all-powerful Twilight Order. But he’ll have to gain the alliance of both the ghouls and the human rebels to the south in order to even stand have a chance. And uniting them won’t be so simple.

His sister Maya is still a soldier of the Order. But after clashing with her brother, she isn’t so certain where her loyalties lie. Chasing the origins of a mysterious artifact to a long-lost library, she just might find the answers she’s looking for.”

Goodreads Blurb

Highlights

  • Damn good action/adventure
  • Added depth to worldbuilding
  • Starting to feel for the characters

My Thoughts

In my review of Ashes of The Sun I mentioned that it didn’t blow me away but I did thoroughly enjoy it. More specifically I said:

So, where to begin? I’ll tell you now and save the suspense, I was not blown away by this book. But I did thoroughly enjoy it. What I mean by that is it didn’t give me all the feels, it didn’t have grand poetic prose, and it didn’t leave me on the edge of my seat in suspense. But it was some damn good adventurous fun with great action and inventive world building. And sometimes when the world is a trash fire all around you and you need an escape, this is the kind of book you need!

My review of Ashes of The Sun

The same sentiment holds true for Blood of The Chosen. It picks up shortly after where Ashes of The Sun leaves off and carries the narrative forward while upping the stakes, extends the character arcs, and adds additional depth to the worldbuilding.

This series really is some damn good action/adventure. It’s just the kind of story that I can pick up and enjoy from cover to cover; solid and without anything that pulls me out of the read, or that I just don’t like. That’s important to me as a reader. I like knowing I’ve found an author who I can trust to write a solid story, and whose books I can recommend to others. I’ve yet to read Wexler’s other series but I feel confident with what I’ve seen so far with Burningblade & Silvereye that I won’t be disappointed.

In Blood of The Chosen we get what I always hope for in a book-two, some added depth to the worldbuilding and character development. In this installment Wexler explores more of the wider world in which the story is set, taking us on a journey into the various splinter kingdoms. In doing so the narrative digs deeper into the reasons why the Twilight Order isn’t as loved as it’s members would hope, fleshes out the make-up of various rebel groups, and delves into the history behind the conflict between the ghouls and the Chosen. In short the story gets more compelling and complex. I especially enjoyed the newly explored region of Khirkhaz with its history and background and the way it becomes central to the book.

Going hand-in-hand with the worldbuilding is the character development. I enjoyed all the characters in Ashes of The Sun, but I didn’t really LOVE any of them. Maybe Bec is an exception there. But now I can definitely say I’m starting to really care for them. And not just Gyre and Maya, but the other non protagonists as well. Most notably among these for me is that of the ghoul Elariel who in Blood of The Chosen is going through some things. I also loved the addition of sisters Apphia and Nina among the rebels in Khirkhaz. Making me care for the characters is a sure way to make me invested…and now I really am.

Blood of The Chosen ends with a good cliffhanger, one that increases the stakes for all involved and leaves the reader wondering who – if anyone – the characters can trust…even among themselves. I expect things to get really explosive in the next chapter of Burningblade & Silvereye, and I’m so very much looking forward to it.

I was sent an ARC of this book by the publisher.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Author: Django Wexler
Series: Burningblade & Silvereye #2
Publisher: Orbit
Publication Date: October 5, 2021
Format: Advanced Reader’s Copy Paperback
Pages: 480

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